Twelve major Chinese car brands have announced they will equip all new models with the life-saving, anti-skid technology Electronic Stability Control (ESC) beginning January 2018.

Besturn, Changan, Dongfeng Fengshen, Geely, Haval, Hongqi, Lynk & Co, MG, Trumpchi, Roewe, Senova, and Wey, collectively represent 85% of the Chinese manufacturer market. The manufacturers made the announcement at the launch of “Stop the Crash China”. Stop the Crash is a Global NCAP-led partnership which is campaigning around the world to promote crash avoidance technologies.

“Electronic Stability Control is a vitally important life-saving technology and the Stop the Crash Partnership warmly welcomes this significant step from Chinese automakers,” said David Ward, Chairman of Stop the Crash. “We are particularly delighted that it has been made during our campaign launch activities in Shanghai, helping us to raise road safety awareness with consumers across China.”

ESC, an anti-skid technology that can help prevent loss of control crashes, is widely considered to be the most important car safety development since the seat belt. ESC has been mandatory in both the EU and US since 2012, saving thousands of lives.

“This is a bold step by Chinese manufactures, who have shown a real commitment to road safety by fitting this technology as standard ahead of regulatory requirements,” said Yu Kai, Party Secretary of China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC). “CATARC is committed to continuing to promote Stop the Crash technologies and to save lives in China.”